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  • Objectives
    This part-time program provides the Registered Nurse with the knowledge and skills required to give comprehensive care to patients in the Emergency Department. Throughout the program there will be an emphasis on triage through secondary assessment, critical thinking and problem solving. The problem will include the care and management of patients experiencing the following emergencies: respiratory; cardiovascular; neurological; endocrinological; GI; GU; Obs/Gyn; H.E.E.N.T; musculo-skeletal and integumentary. The clinical care and management of children, adolescents and the elderly in an emergency setting will receive special attention. Focus will also be given to special situations encountered in emergency nursing and to the polytraumatized patient. Supervised clinical experiences will be included in the program. This program will assist nurses preparing for the CNA certification exam in Emergency Nursing.
  • Academic Title
    Emergency Nursing - Registered Nurse Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Course description
    NURS8115      Basic Cardiac Arrhythmias
    Description: This course is available in-class or through Distance Education. It provides an introduction to basic arrhythmias covering topics such as cardiac physiology and lead placement. Students will learn to identify normal sinus rhythm, mechanisms and treatment of common arrhythmias, pacemaker rhythms and life threatening arrhythmias. Nursing and Physician interventions for common arrhythmias will also be discussed.
    Hours: 21
    Credits: 2

    NURS8160     12 Lead ECG Interpretation

    Description: Admission: RN, RPN, EMCA, ECG Technicians. (The pre-requisite of NURS8115 is not required for EMCA.) Enhance your assessment skills by learning to read ECGs. This course will introduce you to the basic principles of the 12 Lead ECG. Time will also be spent on recognizing ischemia and myocardial infarctions on the electrocardiogram.
    Hours: 21
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: NURS8115

    NURS8635     Basic Concepts of Emergency Nursing

    Description: This course examines the role of the Emergency Nurse, ethical and legal issues encountered in Emergency Nursing, accountability and consumer service concepts, including communication, public relations, cross cultural considerations and the principles of departmental crisis management. It also examines in detail the concept of triage and the current triage standards. It will focus on rapid and accurate assessment, analysis and interpretation of clinical findings, development of a nursing diagnosis and care plan and on-going evaluation and documentation.
    Hours: 18
    Credits: 1

    NURS8640     Cardiovascular Emergencies
    Description: This course explores the specific needs of patients with cardiovascular emergencies. It covers advanced concepts of cardiovascular assessment and pathophysiology and the clinical management of cardiovascular dysfunction in an emergency setting, including related pharmacology and diagnostic testing, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, aneurysms, congestive heart failure and the principles of ACLS will be discussed in detail.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    NURS8650     Clinical Practicum I-RN Emergency Nursing
    Description: Through practical experience in an Emergency setting, students will apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first half of the program. Students will develop learning objectives based on Program Outcomes and will observe and participate in the care of emergency clients and their families under the supervision of a preceptor.
    Hours: 48
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: NURS8115, NURS8160, NURS8635, NURS8640, NURS8690, NURS8715, NURS8735

    NURS8670     Clinical Practicum II-RN Emergency Nursing

    Description: This course begins with a variety of scenarios involving patients who have suffered from a range of multiple traumas and provides the opportunity to integrate the knowledge gained in the preceding courses and apply it in a hands-on laboratory setting. Successful completion of this section of the course is followed by the final Clinical Practicum. This final practicum provides the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the theory courses through practical experience in an Emergency setting, through observation and participation in the care of Emergency clients and their families, under the supervision of the preceptor. Students will develop learning objectives based on Program Outcomes. An emphasis will be placed on effective participation as a member of the Emergency Department nursing team.
    Hours: 54
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: NURS8650

    NURS8680     Emergencies related to the Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat (H.E.E.N.T)

    Description: This course provides an in-depth knowledge of emergencies related to the H.E.E.N.T. It covers advanced concepts of H.E.E.N.T. assessment and pathophysiology and the clinical management of injury and disease processes of the H.E.E.N.T. in an emergency setting, including related pharmacology. Among the topics discussed will be eye injuries, fascial fractures, epistaxis, ruptured tympanic membranes and the infections processes.
    Hours: 12
    Credits: 1

    NURS8690     Gastrointestinal, Genito-urinary and Obstetrical/Gynecological Emergencies

    Description: This course explores the specific needs of patients experiencing gastrointestinal, genito-urinary, obstetrical and gynecological emergencies. It covers advanced concepts of the assessment and pathophysiology of gastrointestinal, genito-urinary, obstetrical and gynecological dysfunction and injury and their clinical management at an emergency setting, including related pharmacology. Among the topics discussed in detail will be GI bleeding, acute abdominal symptoms, renal failure and colic epididymitis, reproductive and pregnancy related emergencies.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    NURS8700     Musculo-Skeletal and Integumentary System Emergencies
    Description: This course provides an in-depth knowledge of musculo-skeletal and integumentary system emergencies. It covers advanced concepts of musculo-skeletal and integumentary system assessment and pathophysiology and the clinical management of musculo-skeletal and integumentary system injury in an emergency setting, including related pharamacology. Among the topics discussed in detail are injury management, muscular trauma, burns and skin disorders.
    Hours: 18
    Credits: 1

    NURS8715     Neurological and Endocrinological Emergencies

    Description: This course provides an in-depth knowledge of neurological and endocrinological emergencies. It covers advanced concepts of neurological and endocrinological assessment and pathophysiology and the clinical management of neurological dysfunction and injury in an emergency setting, including related pharmacology. Among the topics discussed in detail will be headache, altered levels of consciousness, CVA, brain trauma, spinal cord injury, cerebral bleeding, meningitis, encephalitis and epilepsy. Diabetes, DKA, thyroid and adrenal crises will also be discussed.
    Hours: 18
    Credits: 1

    NURS8720     Pediatric and Gerontological Emergencies

    Description: This course provides an in-depth knowledge of specific emergencies commonly experienced by children and the elderly, special considerations related to various emergencies when experienced by children and the elderly and the clinical management of these emergencies. It includes specialized communications skills, pediatric and gerontological triage and assessment and pathophysiological and pharmacological considerations unique to children and the elderly in an emergency setting. Included in the topics discussed in detail are neglect, abuse, poisoning, medication interactions and infectious diseases of childhood and the principles of PALS.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

    NURS8735     Respiratory Emergencies

    Description: This course explores the specific needs of the emergency respiratory patient. It includes advanced concepts of respiratory assessment and pathophysiology and the clinical management of altered oxygenation and traumatic chest injuries, including related pharmacology and acid/base imbalance. Management of the ventilated patient and alternatives to intubation (e.g. NIPPV) will also be discussed.
    Hours: 18
    Credits: 1

    NURS8740     Special Considerations and Situations in Emergency Nursing
    Description: This course covers special situations encountered in Emergency Nursing including sexual assault and domestic violence, mental health issues and psychiatric emergencies, palliative issues and unexpected death, organ donation, environmental and toxicological emergencies and disaster planning.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2

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